When patients in Phoenix, AZ, have an imperfect smile, they often approach their dental team to learn more about ways to reposition the teeth and achieve a straighter smile. While many individuals believe the only way to achieve this is with metal bracket-and-wire braces, this is not always the case.
Below are a few of the approaches our team at Arcadia Dental Arts may take to straighten your teeth–or give the illusion of an imperfect smile!
- Clear aligners. Also known as clear braces, these aligners are made from virtually invisible plastic material. They work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth for 22 hours a day to slowly shift them into place. In most cases, the alignment process takes about 12-18 months and is completed without using wires or brackets.
- Dental bonding. If your teeth are only slightly misaligned, we may recommend dental bonding to give the illusion of repositioned teeth, ensuring a more uniform appearance. We will begin by lightly buffing the affected areas of enamel until they become smooth. Then, we will apply a tooth-colored resin that is carefully molded into place and hardened under a light. The process can typically be completed in just one appointment, and most of our patients are able to speak and eat immediately afterward.
- Porcelain veneers. In some cases, our team may recommend placing a custom veneer over the front surface of an individual’s teeth. Veneers are designed to cover imperfections on the front of the tooth’s surface, giving patients a beautiful smile that they have always wanted. They are customized to match your existing teeth for seamless integration, and can last many years with proper care.
Schedule a Visit to Talk to Dr. John Pappas of Phoenix, AZ
If you are interested in learning more about how we may be able to help reposition your teeth and achieve a straighter smile, please get in touch with our team of dentists at Arcadia Dental Arts today by calling 602-957-9643. We will be happy to answer questions you may have and schedule your consultation to find out more about these treatments or other alternative cosmetic and restorative services available at his family dental practice.